Robert Englund Appearing At This Years B Movie Celebration

In conjunction with the Hollywood Boulevard, this year’s special guest with be genre great Robert Englund

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Robert Barton Englund is an American actor, voice-actor, singer, and director, best known for playing the fictional serial killer Freddy Krueger, in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors in 1987 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master in 1988. Englund is a classically trained actor.

Englund began studying acting at the age of twelve in a children’s theater program at California State University, Northridge.While he was in high school, he attended the Cranbrook Theatre School (organized by the Cranbrook Educational Community) in Bloomfield Hills. He then attended California State University for three years before transferring to Michigan’s Oakland University, where he trained at the Meadow Brook Theater, at the time a branch of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Wanting a feature film debut, Englund was briefly considered for the part of Han Solo in the 1977 film Star Wars while visiting his close friend, Mark Hamill, who would later be cast in the film as Luke Skywalker, for which role Englund actually auditioned. Englund’s first film wound up being Eaten Alive. He then acted out Ranger in Galaxy of Terror, produced by Roger Corman, which was released in 1981. Since then, Englund has made over 100 appearances on film and television. His early film roles usually typed him as a nerd or a redneck, and he first gained attention in the role of Willie, the lovably innocent alien in the 1983 miniseries V, as well as the 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle, and V: The Series, in which he was a regular cast member.

But after such typecasting, Englund acted out a role jarringly against type: the psychotic burn victim and child murderer Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven’s 1984 hugely successful A Nightmare on Elm Street. This role catapulted him to nationally syndicated fame, and Englund became the first new horror movie star since Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in the 1960s. His association with the genre led him to top-billed roles in The Phantom of the Opera (1989), The Mangler (1995), and 2001 Maniacs (2005).

Englund is one of only two actors to act out a horror character eight consecutive times, the other being Doug Bradley, who portrayed the Pinhead character eight times in the Hellraiser film series. Englund has said that he enjoys the role of Freddy as it gives him a break from always acting out the nice guy; indeed, many people who have worked with Englund attest to his congeniality. Makeup artists responsible for the Krueger makeup have commented that Englund was so friendly and talkative that it made the lengthy makeup application slightly more challenging.
Englund’s TV appearances include starring in the short-lived series Nightmare Cafe (1992), in which he played Blackie, the mysterious proprietor of the title cafe, and reprising his role of “Freddy Krueger” in the series Freddy’s Nightmares. His guest roles include the science fiction series Babylon 5, one episode of the show MacGyver as Tim Wexler, Masters of Horror, MadTV, Sliders, and Knight Rider, where he appeared as a phantom haunting a film studio, and Walking Tall: The Series as well as a guest star spot on the hit TV show Walker, Texas Ranger. His work in voice-over animation includes magician Felix Faust in Justice League, The Riddler on The Batman, The Vulture on The Spectacular Spider-Man, and as Dormammu on The Super Hero Squad Show. On the TV witch drama Charmed (Episode: “Size Matters”), he appeared as a demon who used the services of a lackey to lure people into a decrepit household (where he lived in the walls) and shrank them down to action figure size. He also appeared on an episode of Married…With Children as The Devil. He appeared most recently, in one episode of the 2010 season of the television spy send-up Chuck, as a scientist who created a fear-inducing nerve toxin, a similar character to the Scarecrow, one of Batman’s enemies in the DC Comics.
Englund performed as host of the Horror Hall of Fame awards show three times from 1989-1991.
Englund made his directorial debut with the 1988 horror film 976-EVIL, produced at a time when the “976” prefix was used for premium-rate telephone numbers. His second feature, Killer Pad, was released direct-to-DVD in 2008. As of the beginning of July 2013, he was in pre-production to direct The Vij, about a young priest who is led by an evil genie to commit murder, and who falls in love with an old witch who is not what she seems.

Englund appeared as himself in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies map, “Call of the Dead” as one of the playable characters, and acted out the part of a Halloween-themed serial killer in the 2010s revival of Hawaii Five-0.

Buster and Billie (1974)
Sunburst (1975)
Hustle (1975)
Stay Hungry (1976)
St. Ives (1976)
A Star is Born (uncredited) (1976)
Eaten Alive (1977)
The Great Smokey Roadblock (1977)
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: Mystery of the Fallen Angels (1977)
Big Wednesday (1978)
Bloodbrothers (1978)
The Fifth Floor (1978)
The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (TV movie) (1979)
Mind Over Murder (TV movie) (1979)
Dead & Buried (1981)
Walking Tall (TV series) (1981)
Galaxy of Terror (1981)
Don’t Cry, It’s Only Thunder (1982)
Hobson’s Choice (1983)
V (1983)
V (The Final Battle) (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
V (1984–1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
Hunter (November, 1985) in episode “Million Dollar Misunderstanding” as Vaughn
Downtown (1986)
North and South Book II episode 1.03 (1986)
Never Too Young to Die (1986)
Knight Rider (March, 1986) in episode “Fright Knight” as Edward Kent
MacGyver (January 29, 1986) in episode “Flame’s End” as Tim
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
Freddy’s Nightmares (1988–1990)
976-EVIL (1988) director only
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Dance Macabre (1992)
Nightmare Cafe (1992)
Tobe Hooper’s Night Terrors (1993)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
The Mangler (1995)
The Paper Brigade (1996)
Sliders (episode “State of the A.R.T.” as Dr. James Aldohn) (1996)
Killer Tongue (1996)
Wishmaster (1997)
Married with Children (1997)
Strangeland (1998)
Urban Legend (1998)
Meet the Deedles (1998)
The Simpsons (1998) as Freddy Krueger (voice)
Idle Hands (1999)
Python (2000)
Charmed (October, 2001) in episode “Size Matters” as Gammill
Justice League (2002) as Felix Faust
Wish You Were Dead (2002)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
The Return of Cagliostro (Il ritorno di Cagliostro) (2003)
2001 Maniacs (2005)
Dance of the Dead, episode of Masters of Horror (2005)
Justice League Unlimited (2005) as Felix Faust
The Batman (2005) as Riddler
Hatchet (2006)
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
Heartstopper (2006)
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007) as Professor Gordon Crowley
Black Swarm (2007)
Red (2008)
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2008)
Killer Pad (2008) director only
Zombie Strippers (2008)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008) as Vulture
Night of the Sinner (2008)
The Vij (2009) director only
Fear Clinic (2009)
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009) as Dormammu
Web Cam 3D (2010)
Bones (2010) as Ray Buxley
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) as Himself
Hollywood Don’t Surf! (2010) as Himself
Chuck (2010) as Dr. Stanley Wheelwright
Supernatural (2010) as Dr. Robert in 6.11 Appointment in Samarra
Tamora Gamble (2010) as Rory Columbus
I Want to Be a Soldier (2010) as the psychiatrist
Inkubus (2011) as Inkubus
Call of Duty: Black Ops: as himself, Call of the Dead (2011)
The Moleman of Belmont Avenue (2011) as Mr. Confab
Regular Show (2011) as the Deer Man
Hawaii Five-0 (2011) Samuel Lee
Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2012) as Myglom
Strippers vs Werewolves (2012) Tapper
Criminal Minds (2012) as Detective Gassner
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2012) Jim Bickerman
Workaholics (2013) Dr. TelAmeriCorp/Josh

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